Thanks to the community

Dear friends & community,

Nora & I are deeply moved by all the support we have, and are, receiving from this beautiful community to aid me through this health challenge.

We are extremely grateful to all the friends and family and acquaintances who have been generous with donations of time and meals and funds.  If you are among those who have contributed money by depositing it in the Neighbors Helping Neighbors account at the credit union, we have no way of knowing who you are.  So we are writing this letter to thank you all so much for your generosity and support.  Alternatively, the NHN address is Box 822, Crestone.

There’s no way I could have coped with everything without the love and support of this incredible community.  If I am learning anything from this experience, it is the reality of  “It takes a village.”  From medical & natural healing folks, to those who have come and stacked firewood or brought meals, the truly community-minded support of Neighbors Helping Neighbors and its volunteers, and all the good wishes and prayers that are coming our way from all corners, we are deeply grateful to all of you.

Thank you so much,

Russell Schreiber


Healthy streams benefit all

Dear Editor,

The Crestone Baca Watershed Council (CBWC), as a local conservation team that advocates best practices for water resources, streamway habitat restoration, education and training, is gratified that important water issues are coming to the fore.  We refer to the recent articles, etc. in the November Crestone Eagle, which the CBWC encourages everyone to read.

There is much for the discerning person to glean.  Water is bringing its gift.  We urge more people to speak out, write letters, attend hearings, be an active part of “localizing” protection and restoration within our greenbelts.  Join in these rewarding efforts.

The CBWC fully supports the efforts of our local farmers and ranchers—as reported in the November Eagle—to get justice.  The deep-water pumping folly must stop before the sub-district ploy occurs.  The Closed Basin Project must close.  It is time for water management to be sustainable.

Our challenge is to apply common sense, not computer models, in a cooperative approach between producers and conservators.  CBWC calls on all parties to join us in working towards a restorative justice approach that utilizes (1) nature’s wisdom; (2) riparian and streamway ecological practices and (3) aquatic species habitat restoration; all of which simultaneously recharge artesian springs, groundwater and aquifers to health.

Please to come to CBWC’s Greenbelt Appreciation Day December 7 (see Haps and calendar listings for details).

For the Crestone Baca Watershed Council Steering Committee,


Noah Baen

Paul Kloppenburg


Death Café a hit

Dear Editor,

Lynda Kucin and I consider ourselves so blessed by the overwhelming turnout for the first Crestone area Death Café, which we hosted on November 2, at the Elephant Cloud Studio.

Forty-four folks showed up and had a wonderful time at the “Café”.

There were delicious sweets, many of which were donated. Lynda and Joany Nelson went out of their way to create a beautiful and welcoming afternoon event.  Individuals gathered in groups of six to eight at tables, enjoying food and conversation.

I had the honor of hosting/facilitating the conversation. I’ve never been to a Crestone event that has had so many people coming to share and engage: it was a real honor.  I gave the group questions from the Death Café site,, to stimulate dialogue among participants.

The energy in the room built as conversations opened and sharing became more intimate. The topic itself, our mortality and the fears and concerns that surround that, made for rich and deep connections.

We are so grateful to all who participated. If you were one of the participants and have feedback, contact  or call Lynda Kucin at 256-5458 or Malina at 256-4211. Informed Final Choices, the educational arm of Crestone End of Life Project, will sponsor another Café in the new year.


Malina Feder


Generosity generated a beautiful space for CCC

Dear Editor,

My sincere thanks go out to everyone who helped make our youth program a success in 2013:

Town of Crestone Board of Trustees—your trust in allowing us to utilize the Crestone Community Building, this 135-year old historic space; Akia Tanara—your intuitive and professional guidance and friendship; Leanna Bradbury—your impeccable finance and organization skills; Gretchen Nelson—your support as employee, parent and role model; Jim Hollmer—your tender care and attention to the building; Crystal Wade—holding the overall space and intention with your good vibes; Carrie Allen—your presence, creative spark and yummy goodies; Whitney Gourdin—bringing fire, energy and deep care to the mix; Robert Cole—the super-chic retro stove that feeds us all and your incredible patience, love and care of our ringleader; Donovan Spitzman—pirate extraordinaire and providing flair; Ashlee Jernigan—your playful guidance and laughter; Nina Clouse—inspired creations and attention to detail; The Tolian Family—your unending support, time and love; The Benavidez Family—your joyous artistic volunteer contributions; Will Baca—hard work and belief in our program; Ava Lowe—the sweet & stylish lounge chairs; Lars Skogen—the most comfortable couch in the world; Sarah & Tom Beggs—awesome couch and rug; Mark & Marlon Jacobi, Chris Canaly—the big screen TV & hugs; Jen Daveler, Benny & Jedi Roman—the kicking sound system & skate culture; Phil & Michele Schechter—the sweetest air hockey/pool table; Karen Kenney, Avery Runner, Jeff WishMer, Shoshanna—The Dragon Mural; The Bliss Café—our old hangout ground and delicious treats; The Crestone Mercantile—supporting our Denver trip & car washes; The Elephant Cloud—offering the healthiest and most nutritious food; The Crestone Food Bank & Tom Whitehead—always keeping our bellies full with your donations & cooking; Saguache County Commissioners-—making youth a  priority in our community; Crestone Eagle—your generous coverage of our events and programs CYP & Lanelle Lovelace—your generous support to create a wicked Haunted House; Every youth in this community who is my inspiration!    Happy 2014!

In gratitude,

Lisa Bodey



Dear Editor,

Well, it looks like our POA board has been hijacked by BGCAN.  Bruce McDonald and Nigel Fuller both got more than 600 votes in the election.  It seems to me from talking to many locals that chose not to vote, that the majority of these votes might have come from non-resident property owners who  got their info from the Baca Grande Citizens Action Network—which is a small group in our community that, were I a non-resident member of the POA, I would probably believe were in the majority and were supported by the locals.

Instead, they insinuate and accuse some of the best people who live here.  The ones who really serve our community and are of the highest integrity.  Their hostility toward the fire department is very puzzling and has resulted in the resignation of 3 wonderful volunteers.

How many more will they offend before we have no fire department at all?

For you with raw land (that you probably have up for sale) this may not be a big deal.  But fire is the most likely catastrophe that could occur here.  And we who live here and have built our homes with love, are now saddled with a POA board that we would never have elected.

—Joanna Theriault


Do the RiGHT thing

Dear friends and neighbors,

I wanted to let you know of a quick and easy way you can support the conservation of land and water in the San Luis Valley. On December 10, you can join Coloradoans from all over the state and visit and choose the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust (RiGHT) as the beneficiary of much needed program funding. Since 1999, RiGHT has conserved over 24,000 acres of working ranches and farms, water resources, wildlife habitat and scenic landscapes all over the San Luis Valley.

In 2012, we started a campaign called “Save the Ranch” to help RiGHT meet our costs to protect a ranch. There’s a lot that goes into each conservation easement project, which can take up to two years and hundreds of hours of staff time to complete, not to mention travel and office costs. On average, those costs add up to $25 an acre for us. Last year, we needed to raise $10,000 to protect the Haywood Ranch, and thanks to you we achieved our goal and slightly more. This year, we are turning our attention to the Conejos River corridor where we have several exciting conservation projects underway. Our 2013 Save the Ranch goal is $20,000, which will help us conserve the beautiful 760-acre Garcia Ranch, owned by Reyes Garcia and his two daughters. Colorado Gives has the potential to help us meet this significant goal. I joined the board of the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust because I believe strongly that it is accomplishing some of the most meaningful and definitely long lasting work in our region. Important conservation work like this is only possible through the generous help of people like you!

Many Thanks, Muchas Gracias,

Angie Krall, Board Chair


Gold fever stories

Howdy Kizzen,

My friend Eileen S. sends me the Eagle now and then. I like the Chalk Creek Canyon stories and I really enjoyed the story of Earl and his gold fever. It reminded of sixty some years ago when I too was searching for gold and lost treasure. My buddy and I outfitted ourselves at the surplus store on Larimer Street in Denver and took a bus to North Park. We hiked up Independence Mountain to an old gold camp where we were sure we would fill a sack with gold dust. That lasted about two days.

Then I read an article about the Russell Gang treasure. It was somewhere up Iron Creek in Hall Valley before you head up Kenosha Pass. The spot was marked by a knife made from an old file that was driven into a tree. I spent many happy hours looking for that knife. A later article said that treasure was buried on the south side of Devil’s Head Mountain. Off I went to Devil’s Head. I finally had to give it up, learn the carpenter trade and spend weekends doing side jobs to support my family. But I still know a couple of stories about where there is a vein of pure gold in the wall of Red Canyon and a creek where a man came out with a fruit jar full of gold dust. I guess that gold will have to stay there. The old body isn’t up to the search.

I’m still curious about Earl and Kizzen, the hippie girl who lived up Chalk Creek Canyon who had enough smarts and chutzpa to put out a really good newspaper.

Yours truly,

Carroll Newberry

Westminster, CO

Buffy’s new home


Dear Baca residents,

Does this buffalo look familiar to you?  Do you remember our local rug dealer Richard Enzer?  He had placed this buffalo in a field out by his ranch in the Grants.  It was created for him by local artist Will Bartley who is now willing to let him live where he can be seen by all.

Several years ago money was raised for this project, but because of a number of circumstances “Buffy” never made it to a new home.  So a concerned group of us have now asked the POA board if our buffalo might graze in a grassy area just as you enter the Baca on the first round curve to the left side of the road.  (See picture.)

The POA board would like some community feedback before they commit to doing so.  Please visit our blog by Dec. 31 at and vote as to whether or not you would like to see “Buffy” placed here.  We have also shared this on Facebook’s Crestonians and Crestone Chill pages.  Donations for moving our 650 pound buffalo and cementing him in place will be accepted by Friends of Buffy via Sage Godfrey at PO Box 369.

Thanks for your support.

Aliyah Alexander

Sage Godfrey

Peter Taylor